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Stoves 078

A stove is located in the room that is to be heated and reflects radiation of heat to a room. It may also distribute heat as a supplementary function via a water or ventilation system. It is fired on solid biofuel, that is wood, wood pellets or, in some cases, an alternative biofuel. Stoves include heaters such as wood stoves, slow heat release appliances such as tiled stoves and stone-clad stoves, inset stoves and sauna stoves.

The fuel can be fed by hand or mechanically. Wood is generally fed by hand while pellets are fed mechanically. A stove contains the fire. Air is supplied through special ducts and the air flow can often be regulated.

As a rule, a stove does not provide the majority of a building’s heating requirement; rather it usually supplements another heat source. In energy efficient houses, however, a stove may cover all heating needs.

The flue gas emissions produced by the stove are tested. If the stove is fired on pellets, noise is also tested. The supplier must provide clear user information as to how to operate and maintain the stove for optimum performance.

A Nordic Ecolabelled stove offers high efficiency and has low emissions of particles, carbon monoxide (CO), organic gaseous carbon (OGC). The manufacturer must also ensure that the instruction manual contains comprehensive information and recommends that the stove is installed by a qualified fitter.

The requirements in the Nordic Ecolabel criteria on flue gas emissions are more stringent than the Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish national regulations. Norwegian and Danish law regulations only require particle tests and Swedish regulations only hydrocarbon tests. There are no law emission requirements in Finland.

  • Valid from 1 January 2021 Amount excluding VAT

    Application fee

    Application for a new licence 3 000 EUR. Inspection of two fire chamber types is included in the application fee. For inspection of aditional types, 1 500 EUR per type will be charged.
    Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 500 EUR. Inspection of two fire chamber types is included in the fee. For inspection of aditional types, 750 EUR per type will be charged.

    Annual licence fee

    The licence fee for the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled products is based on their turnover in the Nordic countries The fee is 0,3 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries up to 30 million EUR.
    The fee is 0,05 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries for the amount exceeding 30 million EUR.
    Minimum fee in the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR per year.
    Fixed fee that is added for sales outside the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR per year if the turnover exceeds 300 000 EUR.

    Fee for extension / change of licence

    Should the extension regard inspection of fire chamber types, which are not already included in the licence, 1 500 EUR will be charged per type. Other types of alterations will be charged a fixed fee according to how long the work takes.

    Up to 4 hours 375 EUR.
    4–8 hours 750 EUR.
    8 or more hours 1 500 EUR.

    Fee for on-site inspections

    One on-site inspection in the Nordic countries is included when applying for a new or renewed licence.

    Additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 500 EUR per visit.
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe 1 500 EUR per visit.
    On-site inspection outside Europe 2 500 EUR per visit.
    Additional fee for on-site inspections lasting longer than one day 1 000 EUR per day.

    Ecolabelling Sweden AB has no financial profit purpose and is financed through the fees above along with an annual government grant. The company is however liable for VAT according to article 56 of the European Council Directive 2006/112/EC.

    Invoicing is made in SEK with the exchange rate from the first banking day of the year.

    When both the applicant and the manufacturer are micro-enterprises, the application fee is reduced by 50%. A micro-enterprise is in this context defined as an enterprise with less than 10 employees and an annual turnover (of both ecolabelled and not ecolabelled products) below 2 million EUR.


  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for stoves

    4.4 ⇛ 4.5: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The validity of the criteria has been extended with 12 months. The new version, 4.5, is valid until 31 December 2024

    4.3 ⇛ 4.4: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The validity of the criteria has been extended with 18 months. The new version, 4.4, is valid until 31 December 2023

    4.2 ⇛ 4.3: Prolongation of validity of the criteria

    The validity of the criteria has been extended with 20 months. The new version, 4.3, is valid until 30 June 2022

    4.1 ⇛ 4.2: Prolongation of validity of the criteria

    The validity of the criteria for Nordic Swan Ecolabelled stoves has been extended. Furthermore requirement O29 Take-back system has been removed.

    The new version, 4.2, is valid until October 31st 2020.

    4.0 ⇛ 4.1: Alteration of criteria

    • Requirements O18 and O19 have been adjusted regarding information on chimney height and the lighting method.
    • The requirement to emissions of particles in O14 Emissions to air was adjusted.
    • An exemption for the use of surface paint in spray cans regarding the VOC content in O6 was added.
    • Requirement R31 Marketing was removed.

    The new version, 4.1, is valid until June 30th 2019.

    4.0: New version of the criteria

    A new version, 4.0, of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for stoves was published on June 11th. The new version contains significantly tightened requirements of emissions to air and effeciency. The requirements concerning the use of chemicals with hazard classifications in final production have also been tightened. Also, a new requirement has been added that Products used for surface paint/ -varnish must contain a maximum  (VOC 60%).

  • In order to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in your marketing, you must have a valid Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence. Please log in to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal to apply for a licence. You are free to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all of your marketing from the date of approval until your licence expires.

    Go to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal and start your application process!

    If this is the first time you apply, an authorised signatory in your company must approve the terms and conditions for the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal. Then you will get a login to the portal and the right to assign access to other colleagues.

    Please, fill in the power of attorney.

    When you have filled in the power of attorney, you will receive an e-mail from us with your login credentials.

    Start by going through the requirements and fees that apply to your specific product group. These can be found above.

    In some cases, you must use our separate application form. For example, the form must be used in cases where the producer and licensee are two separate companies, or if you wish to cancel a licence. Please contact your advisor in these cases, or if you are unsure what applies to you. The form to be used in these special cases can be downloaded here.

    For more details on the application process, please head to our application guide: "Application step by step".

    Good luck with your application!

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